[Editor's Note: March kicks off a season of big-time showdowns, grudge matches and maybe a few team-ups. Infamous as the month when Brutus betrayed Caesar, March will get even more epic because Batman will take on Superman on the big screen, Daredevil will get company in Hell's Kitchen in the form of The Punisher on Netflix, and The Flash shall race on over to CBS to meet Supergirl. And, of course, just a few weeks after this kickoff, we'll see a breakdown in the friendship between Captain America and Iron Man in Marvel's Civil War movie. Because we love seeing a good battle between titans, we've dedicated March to versus. Over the next four weeks, check this space for stories on title fights in superhero stories, horror, science and more!]
With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice just around the corner, and Captain America: Civil War looming on the horizon, the lust for battle is all around us. These two films will offer up superhero clashes like we've probably never seen before in terms of modern effects and sheer spectacle, but the idea of bringing two opposing genre creations together in head-to-head combat is certainly nothing new.
Going back to the Universal Horror era, setting up bouts between two or more iconic characters has been an on-and-off staple of sci-fi and horror movies for decades. Some of them come off as world class prizefights; others no better than a grimy back alley brawl. But we are always drawn to them, because there's nothing like seeing two or more geeky favorites duke it out. Here are nine that come to mind: